On 18-Oct-99 John P . Looney wrote:
>On Mon, Oct 18, 1999 at 10:30:34AM +0100, Caolan McNamara mentioned:
>> Hmm, seems to me that I(rish)SummerTime is a bit out of order really. I'd
>> the case for getting rid of Summer Time altogether :-), as its the easiest
>> I recommended getting rid of 24 hour days too - just replace time with ten
>hours in a day, and 100 seconds in each hour. Much easier. And, make it so
>that there is none of this timezone stuff - 01:00 in Ireland would be 01:00
>in Austrailia, just brighter.
Whatever about summer and ordinary time, ever hear of church (or was it priest)
time. At least at home (tiny village in limerick) in the 40s there was no real
sense of a particular set *time*, and summer time was a new fangled concept
brought in during the war, so some people didnt have any time for it. So the
next village over was basically in a different time zone !, either one or the
other villages times refused to have anything to do with summer time. Now I
have no idea who makes a decision like this, but there you go. Though when a
10 mile journey is something that you would only do at max once a week, and when
you meet people "sometime on friday" its almost believable. Anyway the church
needed to agree on a time for people to show up to do some regular praying, so
they comprimised between summer and ordinary time with "church (or maybe priest)
time", which was *half an hour* between times so you got summer and ordinary
times of say 8 and 9 am, which in church time it was 8:30. And of course mass
times were then in church time, so various warring timezones had a common time
to rely on.
I don't know how must trust to place either in the original suspect sounding
story or in my own memory of it, sounded convincing at the time anyway.
Real Life: Caolan McNamara * Doing: MSc in HCI
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